NPR - stuffy or sexy?

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Is anyone else an NPR addict? Do you wake up to the Morning Edition jingle and find yourself thrilling at the All Things Considered theme b/c it means the day's nearly over? Am I the only under-30 listener NPR has?

Sam, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The CBC is both , but they are rebranding next month !

anthony, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

NPR usually puts me to sleep, but I like downloading the archives, because you can pick and choose what you want to hear. Sometimes I don't want to be too stimulated at work, so it's good for that.

Kerry, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Only Pipe Dreams is good. (Anyone know when that's on? I can't find it lately.) I have several friends who listen to Soundscapes.

maria, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

NPR (CBC to me) has some great night shows but otherwise its campus/community pour moi.

Way too stuffy during the daylight hours (excluding DNTO)

Mr Noodles, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

This American Life=classic.

turner, Tuesday, 11 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

three years pass...
Kenneth Tomlinson is trying to ruin NPR.

youn, Friday, 6 May 2005 02:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd hardly call NPR "sexy," but I listen to it all the time. Search: WNYC hosts Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Marketplace, and the news programming. Destroy: any "radio essays," about 75% of their music reporting, Daniel Schorr, and a good bit of All Things Considered.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 02:59 (fifteen years ago) link

except when "fresh air" interviews gene simmons or bill o'reilly!

Eisbär (llamasfur), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:07 (fifteen years ago) link

lehrer rulez, terry gross drools.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:07 (fifteen years ago) link

our npr station sucks, but i used to wish i could say "this is all things considered, i'm linda wertheimer" because she sounded so freaking sexy saying it!

tehresa (tehresa), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:08 (fifteen years ago) link

"fresh air" should sponsor a debate b/w bill o'reilly and ludacris -- i'd listen to THAT.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:10 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd hardly call NPR "sexy," but I listen to it all the time. Search: WNYC hosts Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Marketplace, and the news programming. Destroy: any "radio essays," about 75% of their music reporting, Daniel Schorr, and a good bit of All Things Considered.

as I've said before, most of WNYC's original talk programming (which doesn't include Terri Gross) is superfluous and responsible for largely eliminating NY's only non-Top 100 classical music programming. I like Marketplace, but don't see anything special about it. and while ME and ATC have seen better days, 'destroy'ing Daniel Schorr is heresy, sorry.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:16 (fifteen years ago) link

NPR Presents: Bumfights

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:17 (fifteen years ago) link

so wnyc is responsible for q-104.3 (which was a classical station pre-1994)?

Eisbär (llamasfur), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:18 (fifteen years ago) link

responsible for largely eliminating NY's only non-Top 100 classical music programming.

What about WKCR?

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:25 (fifteen years ago) link

And sorry, but calling Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate "superfluous" -- that's heresy.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:25 (fifteen years ago) link

96.3 is to classical music what q-104.3 is to "classic rock."

Eisbär (llamasfur), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:26 (fifteen years ago) link

no, in addition to a handful of NPR shows (ME, ATC, APHC), WNYC programmed primarily classical and other non-popular music until the private foundation that Giuliani sold it to used 9/11 as an excuse to accelerate its move away from such programming

What about WKCR?

it's the best radio station in NY, probably, but a mixed-format one. weekday morning classical and weekday late afternoon new music isn't nothing, but it does not a 'classical music station' make.

And sorry, but calling Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate "superfluous" -- that's heresy.

it's really not

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:32 (fifteen years ago) link

A lot of these topics don't seem superfluous to me:

http://www.wnyc.com/shows/bl/archive.html?month=200504

Nor do these:

http://www.wnyc.com/shows/lopate/archive.html?month=200504

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Public Broadcasting and Partisan Politics on To the Point. I get the impression that it has happened before and NPR has survived, but it's sort of alarming, especially in relation to other things that have come up lately, e.g., Neocons Lay Seige to the Ivory Towers. Maybe it's an orchestrated effort in response to another orchestrated effort -- I mean calling things Orwellian and saying that there is a culture war -- but then again maybe there is.

I was surprised to hear that Nina Totenberg has that much influence.

youn, Friday, 6 May 2005 03:38 (fifteen years ago) link

they do to me (xp)

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:40 (fifteen years ago) link

(Okay, the link from the show explains it. - xp)

youn, Friday, 6 May 2005 03:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Certainly a few of them are (Jane Fonda, the poetry thing, etc.), but the majority of them seem pretty fucking relevant (the emerging Indian and Chinese economies, our tax system, religious fundamentalism, etc.)

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:42 (fifteen years ago) link

god gabbneb you are such a fucking snot sometimes.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:43 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, the emerging Indian and Chinese economies, our tax system, religious fundamentalism really aren't covered anywhere else

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Not really on the radio, and certainly not in depth on the radio.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:45 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm a snot because i don't like the replacement of unique programming with duplicative programming or because i'm talking about classical music?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:46 (fifteen years ago) link

One of the Lopate shows had Ryszard Kapuscinski and Wole Soyinka together as guests, for example. Where else on radio, or on TV for that matter, do you get that sort of thing?

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:46 (fifteen years ago) link

so the market NPR should serve is people who don't have time to read the newspaper? i think that could be a valid argument, but is it really yours?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:47 (fifteen years ago) link

The death of classical radio is a lamentable phenomenon, but frankly, I don't think NPR is primarily responsible for it.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:47 (fifteen years ago) link

so the market NPR should serve is people who don't have time to read the newspaper? i think that could be a valid argument, but is it really yours?

-- gabbneb (gabbne...), May 6th, 2005.

Um, so then you're arguing that NPR should be for people who don't have a classical library? I don't follow.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:48 (fifteen years ago) link

I should probably specify that I have a job where I have to drive quite a bit. You can't really read a newspaper while driving.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:50 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm not accusing NPR of responsibility. I'm saying WNYC has a choice of what to program, and, having lost its city charter, the foundation that runs it has jettisoned classical music programming in the interest of increasing listener contributions (and, probably, the audience). It hasn't eliminated such programming entirely, and the stuff it's added isn't terrible, but I don't think it performs the public service it used to.

Um, so then you're arguing that NPR should be for people who don't have a classical library? I don't follow.

no, because it played stuff that went beyond the limits of most libraries. the same analogy doesn't apply to WNYC talk shows vs. the New York Times.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:51 (fifteen years ago) link

the NYT doesn't play Medeski Martin and Wood in its bumpers, though

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:52 (fifteen years ago) link

it doesn't perform the public service it used to by servicing more of the public - typical.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:53 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't really find listening to radio interviews/call-ins to be anything like reading a newspaper. The format just entirely changes the experience, and even the content.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:53 (fifteen years ago) link

YES OMG I AM SUCH AN ELITIST OMG HOW COULD I FAIL TO EQUATE MASS MEDIA WITH SERVING THE PUBLIC

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:54 (fifteen years ago) link

the NYT doesn't play Medeski Martin and Wood in its bumpers, though

-- gabbneb (gabbne...), May 6th, 2005.

But it probably would if it had bumpers. That doesn't strike me as a very significant criticism though.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:54 (fifteen years ago) link

YES OMG I AM SUCH AN ELITIST OMG HOW COULD I FAIL TO EQUATE MASS MEDIA WITH SERVING THE PUBLIC

-- gabbneb (gabbne...), May 6th, 2005.

But that's just it, NPR fills a niche that the rest of radio does not. And in many situations (driving, working, etc.) radio is the only media you can take in.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 03:55 (fifteen years ago) link

this isn't a question of NPR vs. non-NPR. it's a question of the programming choices for the FM station of an NPR affiliate in a city in which three other stations (plus WNYC-AM) carry at least select NPR programming

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 04:03 (fifteen years ago) link

WNYC could easily run its entire daytime lineup on the AM station (as it pretty much used to do, I think) and keep classical music on FM. it's a question of priorities.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 May 2005 04:04 (fifteen years ago) link

I could live with that, though it is nice to hear the crystal-clear speaking voices on FM.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 6 May 2005 04:06 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
OK I'm starting to think Terry Gross kind of sucks.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Friday, 19 January 2007 03:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Did you hear the one today where at great length she rephrased the same question twice about evangelicals wanting to usher in armageddon?

Maria :D (Maria D.), Friday, 19 January 2007 03:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I only caught the end of it, which segued from her not questioning the idea that Israel should be able to do whatever the fuck it wants into "Hey you speak Hebrew - waht's Borat really saying in that movie?"

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Friday, 19 January 2007 03:53 (thirteen years ago) link

I caught the one today. There were multiple questions about Borat, at the end. I guess she just ran out of good questions.

I definitely remember the repeated question about Evangelicals not really wanting to prevent armageddon from happening. I can't really comment too much on it, because I don't remember exactly what was said, but I do remember feeling that the interviewee was sort of avoiding the question a little bit.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Friday, 19 January 2007 05:16 (thirteen years ago) link

It was pretty embarassingly dumb though "HAY YOU SPEAK HEBREW - WOTS THIS SAY?" - couldn't she have just asked Baron Cohen himself in the stupid interview she did with him?

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Friday, 19 January 2007 05:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Where I grew up, the local NPR affiliate had the most intelligent radio programming by a long shot. It's nice to listen to a radio show and hear calm voices talking about important issues instead of some right-wing nut bloviating about how disagreeing with the President is treason.

Nathan P1p (hoyanathan), Friday, 19 January 2007 05:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Where/when did you grow up?

ewe never broke yr treo 4ever (ex machina), Friday, 19 January 2007 06:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I like Terry Gross, a lot, but I'll never forget her trying to take down Ice-T over "Cop Killer" during the 1992 riots. His response was very close to "Lady, nobody's listening to my record right now."

A Radio Picture (Rrrickey), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Not the point, but anyone listen to All Songs Considered, online broadcasting shows from 9:30 Club in D.C.? Some good 'uns there but the presenter drives me up the wall.

uptoeleven (uptoeleven), Friday, 19 January 2007 12:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Where/when did you grow up?

In the 90s in Southwest Ohio.

Nathan P1p (hoyanathan), Friday, 19 January 2007 16:15 (thirteen years ago) link

I normally like Terry Gross ok. I think her downfall is when she either likes or dislikes someone too much - she becomes nervous and either sycophantish or flustered.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Friday, 19 January 2007 16:16 (thirteen years ago) link

terry gross is fucking awful. miserably imperceptive, shallow, repetitive, selfish interviewer. seems to not know anything about anything.

geoff (gcannon), Friday, 19 January 2007 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

I think she's got a clear idea of what she wants to ask, and her questions are usually the ones I would ask myself, but bogs down in how to phrase the question just so, so it sounds like she's stumbling or dense. She can be hard to listen to if she doesn't have a guest who's voluble and expansive, but her show can be a treat if she's got someone who likes to talk.

do i have to draw you a diaphragm (Rock Hardy), Friday, 19 January 2007 17:13 (thirteen years ago) link

OTM. I listen to her show almost everyday, and there are certainly bad shows where I turn it off, but with a guest that fits, it can be the best hour on NPR.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Friday, 19 January 2007 17:16 (thirteen years ago) link

sorry, but best npr thread ever:


Mmm yes hello I am Garrison Keillor.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 19 January 2007 17:16 (thirteen years ago) link

terry gross is fucking awful. miserably imperceptive, shallow, repetitive, selfish interviewer. seems to not know anything about anything.

THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL YOU PEOPLE.

Charlie Brown (kenan), Friday, 19 January 2007 17:17 (thirteen years ago) link

She's hit or miss. Her interview of Chris Rock was abhorrent in a condescending white lady way, but I've heard her do decent ones.

Edward III (edward iii), Friday, 19 January 2007 17:18 (thirteen years ago) link

the NYT doesn't play Medeski Martin and Wood in its bumpers, though
-- gabbneb (gabbne...), May 6th, 2005 4:52 AM.

that was pretty funny

deej.. (deej..), Friday, 19 January 2007 17:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Edward's right. She definitely has her limitations but she's occasionally quite good. When she's bad, I can't even listen to her, though.

M. White (Miguelito), Friday, 19 January 2007 17:20 (thirteen years ago) link

oh, and i stand by my love for american routes and nancy wilson's jazz show. both great. nancy wilson's voice = very sexy npr.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 19 January 2007 17:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Does anyone else listen to Radio Open Source? This show is often wonderful Christopher Lydon is a gem.

holojames (holojames), Friday, 19 January 2007 21:52 (thirteen years ago) link

She definitely has her limitations but she's occasionally quite good.

But is she sexy?

Charlie Brown (kenan), Friday, 19 January 2007 21:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Answer: If you like older lesbians.

Charlie Brown (kenan), Friday, 19 January 2007 22:02 (thirteen years ago) link

"Does anyone else listen to Radio Open Source?"

i do all the time. great show. except i call it Open Sores, cuz that's how Lydon pronounces it.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 19 January 2007 22:09 (thirteen years ago) link

I'll give a shout out to "To the Point" from KCRW. Warren Olney is my man. I'm warming up to Radio Open Source, but I find the topics hit or miss and don't really see how the blog element of the show is relevant. Seems kind of contrived to me.

tobo (tobo), Saturday, 20 January 2007 20:51 (thirteen years ago) link

I listen to NPR every morning and hate almost all the female hosts. I want to shoot Diane Reim and put her out of her croaking taking-fucking-forever-to-spit-the-question-out misery.
And the news-wimmin! Meeechelle Norris! ACK!!!!

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Saturday, 20 January 2007 20:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm going to go for a brisk walk now. I think I've made a death threat on every thread.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Saturday, 20 January 2007 20:57 (thirteen years ago) link

I admire Diane Rehm, a lot.

do i have to draw you a diaphragm (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 20 January 2007 21:02 (thirteen years ago) link

spasmodic dysphonia is no joking matter.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 20 January 2007 21:22 (thirteen years ago) link

sometimes i tire of DR's voice, which isn't fair. but she gets great guests, esp on inside-the-beltway topics. DC media bigwigs seem to love her.

tobo (tobo), Saturday, 20 January 2007 21:25 (thirteen years ago) link

i dig her. i don't dig her conservative pals like tony though.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 20 January 2007 21:46 (thirteen years ago) link

today I listened to some music show with derogatis that runs in the slot that used to belong to Whaddya Know; switched it off around the time that Tokyo Police Club was brought up (during a discussion of "buried treasures", no less)

Bernard Snowy (sixteen sergeants), Saturday, 20 January 2007 23:53 (thirteen years ago) link

I blame this thread for 9/11.

Jeff. (Jeff), Saturday, 20 January 2007 23:55 (thirteen years ago) link

is there anything worse than when the freelance contributors read their 'slice of life' pieces themselves? Complete with cutesy, smarmy inflections underscoringcutting the universality of their parochial/upper-yuppie twit concerns. think Sandra Tsing Loh if you must.

tremendoid (tremendoid), Sunday, 21 January 2007 00:18 (thirteen years ago) link

left, right & center is an abomination

timmy tannin (pompous), Sunday, 21 January 2007 01:28 (thirteen years ago) link

is there anything worse than when the freelance contributors read their 'slice of life' pieces themselves?

No.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Sunday, 21 January 2007 01:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Wait, what's the beef with Michelle Norris?

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Sunday, 21 January 2007 07:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I wake up to her voice nearly every morning. She's background. She reads the news. Yeah, what's the big deal?

Charlie Brown (kenan), Sunday, 21 January 2007 07:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Where I grew up, the local NPR affiliate had the most intelligent radio programming by a long shot. It's nice to listen to a radio show and hear calm voices talking about important issues instead of some right-wing nut bloviating about how disagreeing with the President is treason.

2 motherfucking times

daniel striped tiger (OutDatWay), Sunday, 21 January 2007 08:17 (thirteen years ago) link

"is there anything worse than when the freelance contributors read their 'slice of life' pieces themselves?"

"No."


see this is rilly mean, but i can't stand the cutesy local color old-tymer snippets they play here of salty cape cod folks remembering their favorite fish chowder recipes. they all have that dry as sand yankee voice and they drive me mad for some reason. the guy who runs our local station is the dude who did that THIS I BELIEVE essay series and he's really into oral. his catch-phrase is LISTEN and then he will play audio of seagulls fighting over a clam neck or something. in theory i should be all for this yokelism but it just makes me grit my teeth. same with the soothing tones of the cape cod naturalist who reads his essays about frolicing in the bramble bushes in purple poesy. i'm so jaded and mean...


scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 21 January 2007 13:19 (thirteen years ago) link

so gene simmons WAS proven correct re terry gross!

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 21 January 2007 17:11 (thirteen years ago) link

is there anything worse than when the freelance contributors read their 'slice of life' pieces themselves? Complete with cutesy, smarmy inflections underscoringcutting the universality of their parochial/upper-yuppie twit concerns. think Sandra Tsing Loh if you must.

-- tremendoid (kemeti...), January 20th, 2007. (tremendoid)

I remember we had a lot of fun mocking these on another thread - can't remember where.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Sunday, 21 January 2007 17:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Found it:

Why is NPR so effing bad sometimes?

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Sunday, 21 January 2007 17:15 (thirteen years ago) link

sexy to stuffy people?

youn (youn), Sunday, 21 January 2007 17:23 (thirteen years ago) link

I wish This American Life would quit running repeats all the time.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Sunday, 21 January 2007 17:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Y'know what else I hate? The callers who fall all over themselves praising D. R's show and thanking her for taking their call before GETTING TO THE POINT.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Sunday, 21 January 2007 18:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, and yeah—"This I Believe." FFS. What's wrong with "I Believe This?"
What do the call that switching around of subject and...uh? predicate? in order to get a more fart-bloated result?

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Sunday, 21 January 2007 18:11 (thirteen years ago) link

What do THEY call.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Sunday, 21 January 2007 18:14 (thirteen years ago) link

on the lehrer/lopate vs. classixal muzik thing, it seems to me there's a zillion more places to find music of any kind these days than to find intelligent people talking about interesting stuff. lehrer's national politics bits are maybe redundant, but he does some of the best local-issues discussions in nyc, and lopate's range of guests and topics goes beyond terry gross, diane rehm, amy goodman or anyone else i know of. you could argue they should drop fresh air, since half of those people have already been on lehrer or lopate by the time they get there, but i would really miss lehrer or lopate if they went away.

(also, ever watch lehrer's tv show on cuny tv? he's a funny-lookin guy, and he cuts loose with more opinionating there. he told saddam hussein to "burn in hell" after the execution.)

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Sunday, 21 January 2007 18:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, and yeah—"This I Believe." FFS. What's wrong with "I Believe This?"

I would totally listen to a personal essay feature called "BELIE' DAT!"

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Sunday, 21 January 2007 18:54 (thirteen years ago) link

haha just tune in at one of my family gatherings.

tremendoid (tremendoid), Sunday, 21 January 2007 19:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I agree w/Gypsy Mothra. Leonard Lopate on WNYC gets a much wider range of guests and if he shows off his erudition that also means he asks better questions than Terry Gross. Is it just me or is Fresh Air more starstruck than it used to be even a few years ago?

lovebug 2.0 (lovebug starski), Sunday, 21 January 2007 19:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Terry Gross's interview with Iggy Pop was one of my favorite things on the radio this year.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Sunday, 21 January 2007 19:18 (thirteen years ago) link

I could listen to the part where he makes fun of 60s psych chart-pop over and over again.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Sunday, 21 January 2007 19:21 (thirteen years ago) link

that was a good one but Iggy basically interviews himself

lovebug 2.0 (lovebug starski), Sunday, 21 January 2007 19:30 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Jo3l Rose is ruling today

gabbneb, Friday, 28 March 2008 21:56 (twelve years ago) link

i was on this huge bpp kick lately, but it's starting to get a little to much like "the view."

tehresa, Friday, 28 March 2008 22:30 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

listening to NPR like two minutes ago and there's this kind of inane cell-phone technology puff piece on, and they get a caller. daniel, a contractor of some kind, is telling the anchor dude (neil?) in a weird broken-dieter accent that this new technology saves him from hours of driving a day, since he gets in touch with all of his sites via those walky-talky jobbies.
--- So, sir, you're in construction?
--- Ja, and the improved vibration settings are amaaazing, so you can always tell, you just drive around and it just fits so perfectly in your scheißer hole and (thanks for the feedback! cut to 'commercial')

someone tell me that i am not the only person who heard this

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:46 (eleven years ago) link

anyone??

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:48 (eleven years ago) link

o_O

Obama seems to have the views of a 21-year-old Hispanic girl (HI DERE), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:49 (eleven years ago) link

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i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:50 (eleven years ago) link

L~O~L

they publish transcripts, right?

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:51 (eleven years ago) link

Is this neil conan (sp?) talk of the nation?
http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=5

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:53 (eleven years ago) link

Ja, and the improved vibration settings are amaaazing, so you can always tell, you just drive around and it just fits so perfectly in your scheißer hole and

if this quote is real, and was on npr, i guess keeping the thread title in mind, the answer would be. . . stuffy??

Mr. Que, Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:54 (eleven years ago) link

Mobile Phones Do Much More Than Make Calls

with sexy results, etc etc

resistance is feudal (WmC), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:54 (eleven years ago) link

guys i swear to god this is what happened

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:55 (eleven years ago) link

is NPR covering the NYT story about excessive hugs giving kids lung cancer?

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:55 (eleven years ago) link

This Saturday, Daniel Schorr will tell Scott Simon about the time he was going to Good Vibrations, got confused, and wound up in an Apple Store instead.

resistance is feudal (WmC), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:58 (eleven years ago) link

like this idea of npr going for human interest and accidentally covering hardcore sexual fetishism

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Thursday, 28 May 2009 18:59 (eleven years ago) link

what's accidental about that?

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 May 2009 19:01 (eleven years ago) link

scheißer hole

If this guy had an iPhone, what MP3s would be on it I wonder?

snoball, Thursday, 28 May 2009 19:05 (eleven years ago) link

Samwell - "What What (In The Butt)"

Obama seems to have the views of a 21-year-old Hispanic girl (HI DERE), Thursday, 28 May 2009 19:06 (eleven years ago) link

"--- So, sir, you're in construction?
--- Ja, and the improved vibration settings are amaaazing, so you can always tell, you just drive around and it just fits so perfectly in your scheißer hole and (thanks for the feedback! cut to 'commercial')"

If you did not imagine this, they have rather seamlessly removed any hint of scheisser business from the online audio (and yet retained the bulk of the german guy's conversation as if he were a legit caller)

Philip Nunez, Friday, 29 May 2009 01:13 (eleven years ago) link

so... STUFFY! and... LIARS!

Philip Nunez, Friday, 29 May 2009 01:13 (eleven years ago) link

omg u r jokin right??????

i heard this!!!!

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Friday, 29 May 2009 03:51 (eleven years ago) link

“Ja! The vibrating strength on these new phones is sooo amazing! Ja, I mean, when you’re driving, you can stick one right in your scheisse-hole and stimulate the prostate very nicely.”

elliot easton ellis (get bent), Friday, 29 May 2009 05:02 (eleven years ago) link

nice

Tracer Hand, Friday, 29 May 2009 09:27 (eleven years ago) link

if this happened on the BBC there would be a week-long furore followed by a government inquiry

Tracer Hand, Friday, 29 May 2009 09:27 (eleven years ago) link

vindicated!

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Friday, 29 May 2009 15:25 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Ok, this is WNYC, not NPR -- I know, I know, member station. But really these fucking Austria ads.

"WNYC is supported by Austria and her coffeehouses. Where you can plot a revolution, like Marx. Or discover the human psyche, like Freud." or whatever the fuck they say. Really.

portrait of the artist as a yung joc (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 22:03 (nine years ago) link

Ebert gives it three cheers. Maybe more.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/11/everywhere_i_go_as_much.html

Everywhere I go, as much as I can, I listen to National Public Radio. It's an oasis of clear-headed intelligence. Carefully, patiently, it presents programming designed to make me feel just a little better equipped to reenter the world of uproar.

...We are interested in other peoples, other lifestyles, other choices. We do not demand that the media tell us over and over again the things we already believe. We are open to new ideas.

Cunga, Friday, 19 November 2010 08:41 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

I vote sexy.

http://media.npr.org/about/people/bios/biophotos/jtarabay.jpg

nomar little (Leee), Friday, 14 January 2011 05:43 (nine years ago) link

Sexy. Cf: Ira Glass and his magical hands

VegemiteGrrrl, Friday, 14 January 2011 06:01 (nine years ago) link

I read this title as about NRO for 3 terrifying seconds.

bnw, Friday, 14 January 2011 06:10 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

Who can save us from the Diane Rehm zombie menace?

What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. (Sanpaku), Friday, 18 March 2011 17:38 (nine years ago) link

Currently running through about 2 Radiolabs per day.

Spencer Chow, Friday, 18 March 2011 17:45 (nine years ago) link

ten months pass...

A fantastic piece on the organization, especially on the Juan Williams brouhaha. Also bits like:

The editor of the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol, once confessed to former NPR ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin that he really didn’t believe NPR was liberal; he just said so “to keep you guys on the defensive.”

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:05 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

Hey look, it's Brooklyn Home Companion:
http://www.wnyc.org/press/kingscounty/

Will Chave (Hurting 2), Sunday, 15 July 2012 19:59 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

Just pulling this up 'cus of a thing on skot's FB. Interested in the new (maybe) slightly more central (maybe) place NPR has in pop culture; like how it's sort of an Apple-ish boutique brand of news. In my childhood, I remember it as a stuffy ol' bastion of the gentry – Lawrence Welk, Robert J Lurtsema, BBC World Service. Now, though, it seems to be a widely-acknowledged signifier of a social/politicical ideology incrementally left of center – but only in the way that doesn't raise ripples. The Starbucks-Intellegencia Tribune. Or ... maybe this is just my station, my perception, my baggage? Curious, though, about other perceptions of it.

moonstone (soda), Sunday, 28 September 2014 22:39 (five years ago) link

read that as 'raise nipples' that is all

zero content albums (darraghmac), Sunday, 28 September 2014 23:04 (five years ago) link

oh damn, that is some good radio

moonstone (soda), Sunday, 28 September 2014 23:23 (five years ago) link

there's some pretty good content on npr. i rarely seek it out but this american life is generally interesting and thoughtfully constructed. i think it's just a signifier of college educated liberals, a huge demographic

Treeship, Monday, 29 September 2014 00:25 (five years ago) link

I can't deal with a lot of their shows - Diane Rehm works too hard to give the shills she sometimes have on room to air their bullshit, and Terry Gross is still the worst, and A Prairie Home Companion is an abomination, etc. - but my local NPR station (KERA) has a really good afternoon interview program called Think that justifies my tiny donation to them every year. The local NPR music station is usually pretty bland but has its heart in the right place.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Monday, 29 September 2014 00:34 (five years ago) link

This American Life is usually p. bad, to my mind, kind of a logical outgrowth of liberal arts creative writing classes.* The more earnest, Studs Terkely bits are all right, and the few hour length pieces are often interesting.

The Moth is too often about adults behaving badly, and I find that there's a lot of 'aren't I a naughty?" mugging. Lots of wry, slightly acid retellings of Unpleasant Life Experienes, too. Maybe this is just my experience, but I'd like this more if there was a bit less posturing.

Best of all is Glynn Washington's 'Snap Judgement' which - despite a a few goofy segments here and there – feels more alive than the other two combined. The Halloween episodes (spooky stories) are the very, very best.

* In defense of TAL, there was an excellent segment by Ben Calhoun two weeks ago. It was about the politically-motivated occupancy of a school board by Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox Jews, and the semi-deliberate, semi-unintended (perhaps) defunding of school programs in a majority Black/Latino area. Excellent, complicated segment: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/534/a-not-so-simple-majority

moonstone (soda), Monday, 29 September 2014 00:52 (five years ago) link

I like car talk and wait wait don't tell me and gene demby online. I like npr but it's like listening to my mother sometimes bc she listens to npr and then talks about what she heard on it to me.

owe me the shmoney (m bison), Monday, 29 September 2014 01:39 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

OK, so I heard a rerun of Terry Gross being interviewed by Marc Maron yesterday, and I came away with a lot more respect for her. Mostly as an interview subject - Maron is capable of getting stuff from his subjects that she cannot - but still, I turned off the radio respecting the amount of thought and effort she must put into her work.

And then today comes around. I always seem to be in the car when Fresh Air is on, and today she had Kent Jones, who directed the new Hitchcock/Truffaut doc. After the intro, it more or less started like this.

TG: So, the shower scene from Psycho is probably Hitchcock's best known sequence. Even if you haven't seen it you probably know about it.
KJ: Right.
TG: The film starts with Janet Leigh, who is a real estate secretary. A client drops off $40,000 to buy a property, and her boss tells her to deposit in the bank immediately...

And I think to myself, hmm, what question could she possibly be leading up to?

TG: But instead of depositing it in the bank, she steals the money. She doesn't seem like a bad person, but you're wondering what she's going to do. Is she going to keep it? Is she going to return it? And she pulls into a motel and she meets the man working there, who is very shy and nervous. He's built up all this suspense. And then she goes to take a shower ...

At this point Kent Jones is sort of waiting to see where she's going with this, as am I. After a pause:

KJ: Um, well, as you said, everyone is pretty familiar with this scene.

You can tell he really doesn't want to spoil it, but she pressures him to go on.

KJ: And, um, she gets hacked to pieces.

OK, I think, never mind that TG saying people are familiar with Psycho and its shower scene basically negates the need to recount the first 30 minutes of the film, and never mind that she essentially leads with a giant spoiler for those handful of people unfamiliar with it. I'm kind of groaning at the lameness of it, but I think, OK, she's interviewing the director of a doc about Truffaut interviewing Hitchcock. Why did she lead with Psycho, and why did she decide her question needed this epic preamble? So there I am, primed for a doozy, and ...

TG: So Hitchcock reportedly shot the shower scene in slow-motion. Can you explain why he did that?

Jaw drops.

No, Terry Gross, no! Why did you do that?! Bad interviewer! Bad! What was the point!

And like that, all the good will from the day before basically evaporated.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 17:50 (four years ago) link

marketplace is the offender for me. Kai Ryssdal...god I hate this guy's smug ass voice. Please just speak with normal inflections. You are not Jon Stewart.

akm, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:19 (four years ago) link

I still will mostly defend Terry Gross -- I think she's good at getting people to open up and at stepping out of the way/not trying to show off how knowledgeable she is (though sometimes to a fault).

Marketplace does irritate me with its superficial, sunny, quick take on everything.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:25 (four years ago) link

Worth pointing out that neither of those shows are actually produced by "NPR", but no one seems to make the distinction.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:26 (four years ago) link

That's splitting hairs. They are as inextricable from NPR as, I dunno, This American Life or Prairie Home Companion. Lose those, and Fresh Air, and Marketplace, and NPR is just well-produced news and talk radio.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:38 (four years ago) link

"let's do the numbers! boppity bippity boo boo boop" fuck you

akm, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:42 (four years ago) link

lol

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:43 (four years ago) link

I will take Terry Gross's ostensibly "dumb questions" over the guy (and yeah, it's usually a guy) whose questions are so overloaded with information and opinion that they hardly leave room for an answer beyond "yeah, you're right"

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:43 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

the MOTH style of storytelling is so fuckin unbearable. samey samey

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 13 February 2016 01:11 (four years ago) link

serves you right for not listening to fmu

mookieproof, Saturday, 13 February 2016 01:15 (four years ago) link

Yeah can't stand moth

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Saturday, 13 February 2016 01:33 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Michael Ian Black interview on Terry Gross was a little weird -- she seemed really way too interested in the fact that people sometimes mistake him for gay and spent like 1/3 of the interview on it.

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:12 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

this David Greene on Morning Edition uses formulaic "therapist voice" ALL THE TIME

so fucking annoying

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 12:14 (four years ago) link

the MOTH style of storytelling is so fuckin unbearable. samey samey

yeah. they apparently have a structure that they more or less impose on their storytellers in the name of 'developing' them

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:32 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

TAL just replayed the Richard Price episode from 2008 (which I think was also a Moth story, confusingly?). It's a great story but the audience is so awful and reacts so inappropriately to what is actually a horrifying police story.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 7 July 2016 14:52 (four years ago) link

let me guess, they chortle knowingly

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 7 July 2016 14:56 (four years ago) link

for a minute I forgot they have occasional live shows and was wondering about your mental health

mh, Thursday, 7 July 2016 14:57 (four years ago) link

They guffaw even, at what seem like really inappropriate moments. The story is very upsetting.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 7 July 2016 15:02 (four years ago) link

the way he delivers it though does feel kinda like a stand-up routine. i wasn't entirely sure what he was doing with it either.

circa1916, Thursday, 7 July 2016 15:09 (four years ago) link

yeah that's true, his delivery was a little weird. It didn't start out like it was going to go in that direction.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 7 July 2016 15:11 (four years ago) link

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/362/got-you-pegged

Act 1 for those interested

circa1916, Thursday, 7 July 2016 15:16 (four years ago) link

I gotta say I love Code Switch, the new NPR podcast.

banjoboy, Saturday, 9 July 2016 19:08 (four years ago) link

there's a new girl who does the support/benefactor spots and her delivery is so affectedly smooth and precisely enunciated it makes me wanna hurl

skateboard of education (rip van wanko), Saturday, 9 July 2016 19:51 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Cokie Roberts: Commentator Says Supporters of Donald Trump Are 'Morally Tainted'

brass fucking balls

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 17 August 2016 04:29 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

Diane Rhem's last show will air today. (Fear not, she says she wants a podcast!)

I thought her show was a good way to dig under the surface of headlines . . .The show topics were always prescient and she seemed to get good guests.

Beyond the standard NPR liberal bias, she didn't inject much of her personal life into the show. If she had any great auses or passions, I wasn't aware of them.

Her voice never bothered me at all.

Any superfans or h4t3rz?

rip van wanko, Friday, 23 December 2016 11:12 (three years ago) link

"sexy npr" is a rather disappointing GIS.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Bh02IobCbGM/TdCH3WaZ3RI/AAAAAAAAGU4/HEgQmmpX2CM/s1600/cokie.jpg

Least-satisfying overall (Sanpaku), Friday, 23 December 2016 23:02 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

One of my youtube habits is to go through random "Tiny Desk Concerts" videos, and I'm shocked at how awful the vast majority of them are. I don't think the people selecting these bands have any taste at all, they just want stuff that superficially has that cloying "Tiny Desk" aesthetic, and occasionally this formula accidentally results in a great performance by a great band. Or maybe it's just that most bands suck, in general.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 15:58 (two years ago) link

that aesthetic makes my skin crawl but the christian scott and gucci mane tiny desk concerts are so good i can try to overlook the national playing ukeleles or whatever

adam, Monday, 9 October 2017 16:41 (two years ago) link

The NPR music people seem to sincerely like/love most of the music they highlight.

sacral intercourse conducive to vegetal luxuriance (askance johnson), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:04 (two years ago) link

Steve Innskeep is a straight up dealbreaker when it comes to me listening to npr for morning news

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:13 (two years ago) link

pinegrove tiny desk is also incredible

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:14 (two years ago) link

I used to think KEXP Live was kinda corny and twee. Then Tiny Desk comes around

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:21 (two years ago) link

I guess I'm just surprised at how many corny, mediocre, old-man-hat style bands there are in the world.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:30 (two years ago) link

Steve Innskeep is a straight up dealbreaker when it comes to me listening to npr for morning news

you mean that if it's no inskeep, it's not a must-listen, or that if it is inskeep, you'd rather listen to nothing at all?

i didn't binge-listen to NPR until i had a temp job in data entry for about a year. i'd spend the entire day mindlessly QCing spreadsheet data with headphones on, and really began to rely on NPR and other talk radio to get me through the day. morning edition was an important part of the routine. i'd listen to it all the way across the workbridge from morning arrival to lunch. i started to like this steve inskeep character, or just the reliable tenor of his voice, really.

then i took a few years off from morning edition, and whenever i heard snippets of it i subconsciously associated it with entering and reviewing spreadsheet data for hours on end, so i'd turn it off. now when i listen to morning edition, steve inskeep often actively pisses me off, and i'm not sure why. i think it has something to do with the way he blankly describes everything with the same tone, his weak interview questions, and even weaker follow-up questions. i haven't heard him do a segment on antifa, but listening to steve inskeep talk about antifa and both-sides it to death sounds like torture.

the twist at the end of all of this? i am steve inskeep

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:36 (two years ago) link

I did a quick search and this came up:

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A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:38 (two years ago) link

steve inskeep is death

marcos, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:38 (two years ago) link

i have literally no idea how i missed the christian scott tiny desk concert when it came out but holy shit

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:39 (two years ago) link

@Karl yeah I just can't stomach him. He seems to be actively trying to change the tone of NPR to something a little looser, hipper, more irreverent; which mayyy not be a bad idea -- he's just not the guy to do it

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:42 (two years ago) link

this party is officially started

https://i.imgur.com/2CJvcqz.jpg

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:45 (two years ago) link

that is not how I imagined his appearance

I was ok with him but now I'm having second thoughts

mh, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:47 (two years ago) link

there's gotta be a bitchin' rat tail back there

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:48 (two years ago) link

steve inskeep shows up at your party at 5:30 pm before you even get home from work, talks to you non-stop for the next two hours as you scramble with preparations, and then leaves the party at 8:45pm because he has to get up super early the next morning

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:51 (two years ago) link

oh shit i'm steve

mh, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:52 (two years ago) link

NPR HR graciously covers the Jaws Of Life rental fee required for all Steve's dental visits

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:54 (two years ago) link

One of my youtube habits is to go through random "Tiny Desk Concerts" videos, and I'm shocked at how awful the vast majority of them are. I don't think the people selecting these bands have any taste at all, they just want stuff that superficially has that cloying "Tiny Desk" aesthetic, and occasionally this formula accidentally results in a great performance by a great band. Or maybe it's just that most bands suck, in general.

― IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, October 9, 2017 11:58 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i feel like i once argued this to you on here, to a rebuttal of 'theyre just high qual live recordings bruv'. i feel vindicated now thank u

flopson, Monday, 9 October 2017 18:03 (two years ago) link

ha! that sounds very plausible. I mean the sound quality of the recording is very nice imo, just the curation is terrible.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:39 (two years ago) link

But then again it looks like they do at least one per week, so I guess I can't totally fault them for not having 50+ good artists per year.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:41 (two years ago) link

lol there was a recent one by a band called The Oh Hellos. Perfect.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:42 (two years ago) link

Blind Pilot
October 21, 2016 • The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:42 (two years ago) link

The Secret Sisters
September 12, 2016 • The Alabama sibling duo's music can be hymn-like: plain but powerful, heartsick and hopeful. Watch The Secret Sisters perform a river ballad, a hymn and a song capturing some old-fashioned loneliness.

Oh god please no

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:45 (two years ago) link

car talk is actually good though

global tetrahedron, Monday, 9 October 2017 21:06 (two years ago) link

i kinda don't mind steve inskeep. when he was temporarily replaced by mary whatever i really hated that bc her voice is so annoying like really bad annoying and i don't like how she says the letter S

assawoman bay (harbl), Monday, 9 October 2017 23:57 (two years ago) link

mary louise kelly, hate her

assawoman bay (harbl), Monday, 9 October 2017 23:57 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

NPR repeatedly referred to Ocasio-Cortez as wanting to abolish the "Federal Immigration Agency" this morning, instead of abolishing ICE. There is no such agency as the Federal Immigration Agency, there are like six different agencies that deal with immigration. ICE is just the police state wing.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:49 (two years ago) link

keep thinking that, sheeple

rehab hot (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:27 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

"Coming up, the puzzle with Will Shortz and an interview with Cathy Guisewhite!" I don't think I've ever turned anything off so fast.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 April 2019 12:44 (one year ago) link

If you take the name of Cathy's boyfriend and rearrange the letters, you end up with this word that perfectly describes Will Shortz. What is it?

del griffith, Sunday, 14 April 2019 18:01 (one year ago) link

I can't help but be a little fascinated by Will because of his association with the world's greatest sport (table tennis). But it's almost comical how reluctant and low energy a presence he is on air

rip van wanko, Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:03 (one year ago) link

he might be the most npr person on npr

be the 2 chainz you want 2 see in the world (m bison), Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:34 (one year ago) link

i was going to come to this thread to complain about on being with krista tippett. now that farmers' market season has returned i'm driving at 7:30 a.m. on sundays and she makes me want to drive into a wall mmm yeah

forensic plumber (harbl), Monday, 15 April 2019 01:20 (one year ago) link

i've seen people mock her by calling her 'christian tidbit' lol

weekend NPR is the absolute worst with car talk being the only exception

global tetrahedron, Monday, 15 April 2019 03:23 (one year ago) link

wait wait dont tell me is p good but theres a show called "ask me another" and it might be worse than prarie home companion, yikes

be the 2 chainz you want 2 see in the world (m bison), Monday, 15 April 2019 04:13 (one year ago) link

oh god that one is horrible. it has that particular self-satisfied npr sense of humor. you know the people they play around fundraising time, regular people they have recorded talking about how they love npr. so proud of themselves, for nothing.

forensic plumber (harbl), Monday, 15 April 2019 11:29 (one year ago) link

onnnnn beinggggg

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 April 2019 11:39 (one year ago) link

wait wait don't tell me is awful, the panelists think they're 10x funnier than they actually are

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 17:25 (one year ago) link

When I graduated many, many years ago, my sweet mother gifted me a multi-volume CD box set of many, many hours of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. She knew I listened to NPR, and I guess I must've mentioned that I sometimes listened to Wait Wait on Saturday mornings, but I guess I didn't make it clear that my listening was entirely passive and my appreciation of it mostly ironic. Anyway, it was very sweet of her and so that's why I waited a few months before placing it directly into the trash can. I like to think that a few days later a 75 year old white liberal dumpster diver's day had been made.

del griffith, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 18:00 (one year ago) link


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